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Newcastle could find Guimaraes 2.0 in James Maddison deal

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe pulled off a great escape to avoid relegation in the 2021/22 campaign after taking over from Steve Bruce.

After 19 matches, the Magpies found themselves 19th in the Premier League table with 11 points on the board – one more than 20th-placed Norwich.

PIF opted to back their man in the transfer market and splashed the cash in the January window to improve the squad, with the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier, among others, coming through the door.

The signing of Guimaraes proved to be a sensational piece of business by the club as his sublime form helped to lift Newcastle clear of the bottom three – finishing 11th and 14 points ahead of 18th.

After joining the club from Lille, the Brazil international played 17 matches in the top-flight and averaged an eye-catching SofaScore rating of 7.25 as he chipped in with five goals and one assist.

Sporting director Dan Ashworth could now find this season’s catalyst, a Bruno 2.0, by bringing James Maddison in before the deadline next month.

Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that the Leicester man, who is available for £60m, is a player they have been pursuing, telling GIVEMESPORT:

“James Maddison is obviously one that they keep knocking on the door for.

“Typically, I guess you might think James Maddison is a central player, but I think Newcastle think he might be able to do a job out wide.

“I think that there are lots of options for Newcastle to ponder at the moment.”

Ashworth must work his magic to get a deal over the line for the English magician because he has the ability to potentially win the club enough points to push them into the top-half of the table.

Former Magpies man Lee Clark recently claimed that he would be an “exciting” signing and dubbed the midfielder’s quality in the final third as “terrific“.

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In the Premier League last season, he racked up a whopping 12 goals and eight assists in 28 starts – averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.32. If you placed him into the 2021/22 Newcastle squad he would be top of all three of those statistics – including players with 10+ appearances.

His knack for scoring and assisting goals on a regular basis in the division would make him a standout in the Magpies squad, as illustrated by the statistics last term. Therefore, he could take the team to the next level by helping Howe’s side to win more matches with his goal contributions.

This means that he could come in and make a big impact on the team, much like Guimaraes did in January, and that is precisely why Ashworth must swoop to bring him to Tyneside.